23. Genderqueer. Unabashedly queer and geeky. Be prepared for fandom, real life absurdities, gaming, activism, and roleplay overload.

  1. My point, aside from remarking that both Tolkien and Le Guin are arguing that escape means hope, and hope is one of the great virtues of fantasy, is what Tolkien says at the end of the passage: they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter. Because I think that’s exactly it. The denigration of “escapism” comes from an implicit belief that it is brave and necessary and heroic to face “reality,” where “reality” is grim and dark and nihilistic (“solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short,” as that tremendous pessimist Thomas Hobbes puts it), and that if you turn away from that “reality,” you are a deserter and therefore a coward.

    Katherine Addision (aka. Sarah Monette) on “Of Better Worlds and Worlds Gone Wrong (via adribbleofink)

    oh, I like this - thank you for sharing.

    And that, I think, is where hope comes in. If we understand “escapism” as the Escape of the Prisoner rather than the Flight of the Deserter, then surely what motivates it, more than anything else, is hope. The hope that the prison is not eternal. The hope of communicating with other prisoners. The hope that if you keep chipping away at the bars long enough, one of them will fall out. And I refuse utterly to classify that hope as weak or foolish.”

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  2. graduate school bonding ritual: showing people vines of your cat

  3. I maintain that every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people, not for black people. For example, I am black. I know that. I also know that while I am black I am a human being. Therefore I have the right to go into any public place. White people don’t know that. Every time I tried to go into a public place they stopped me. So some boys had to write a bill to tell that white man, “He’s a human being; don’t stop him." That bill was for the white man, not for me. I knew I could vote all the time and that it wasn’t a privilege but my right. Every time I tried I was shot, killed or jailed, beaten or economically deprived. So somebody had to write a bill to tell white people, “When a black man comes to vote, don’t bother him." That bill was for white people. I know I can live anyplace I want to live. It is white people across this country who are incapable of allowing me to live where I want. You need a civil rights bill, not me.

    Stokely Carmichael, setting shit straight and placing responsibility for the “race problem” squarely where it belongs. 

     

    The very language in regards to civil rights in this country is embedded in white supremacist ideology. How many of us have been duped into accepting the fallacious notion that whites have “given” blacks rights? The notion itself presupposes black inferiority while failing to acknowledge the root problem: white racism. Change the language, change your mind.

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    OMG

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    • Brother:
      *watching a survival show with me* NO, DON'T EAT THOSE! Mushrooms can do whatever the hell they want. You can eat them, have no symptoms, and then a month later just die. Just fucking die. Just don't fuck with eating any of them. And they have such low pay off calorie wise. They affect whatever they want to affect. Your brain, your liver, your kidneys....
    • Me:
      So you're trying to tell me that mushrooms are wizards of death.
    • Brother:
      ... yes.
  4. It only takes one sentence for my mother to drive me up the wall.

  5. Evan told me that if  were a magical creature I’d be a Brownie and I’m starting to see the truth in this because whenever I do chores I only do them at night or when no one’s watching.

    I’m vaguely amused by this.

  6. I have stopped answering implicit questions about my gender and presentation and every so often it pays off beautifully

    Person: *introduces themselves*
    Me: Nice to meet you! I’m Sebastian.
    Person:….
    Person:…. what was that?
    Me: Sebastian.
    Person: Isn’t that usually a boy’s name?
    Me: Yes
    Person:…
    Me: …
    Person:…
    Me:…
    Person: Oh, ok…..

  7. blinkpinkinc:

    i have a friend who lives on $620 a month disability checks and $120 a month in food stamps

    she could not afford the full rent ($470) on the 4th of this month, but was told by an office assistant that if she paid everything but the $100 that she did not have, she would pay no late fees and that $100 would be added to her next month’s rent

    unfortunately, she did not get that in writing and now owes the $100 in rent $56 in late fee charges, and $5 per day in daily charges that will amount to about $241 by friday

    her family’s tapped out, and so am i with moving expenses coming up and a sudden slash in my job’s hours as per corporate mandate

    i understand that things are tight for everyone, so i’m not expecting much. any little bit might help her, if you have the ability and willingness to donate to help her reach the $241 mark.

    my paypal email address is below the cut, along with a tally of donations

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    if you could even do the signal boost thing, it would be much appreciated

    (via mail-man)

  8. Slap a beard on his face, a gun in his hand, and make him quote Duke Nukem. Then just flail around and yell “Is this really better?!”

    100% truth.

    The thing that really gets me is that he was talking about Genesis from FF7: Crisis Core.

    Has he even seen any of the other characters??

    LIKE.

    I CAN’T.

  9. kierongillen:

lockrocksandcoke:

131-di:

veggiebaker:

therunscape:

Heart attacks symptoms are different for women. I recently learned this. 

Everyone should know these things.

thanks to mainstream media and being unable to show breasts on TV, way too few people know about female signs of cardiac distress, and impending heart attacks. they only know about the “pain in the left arm” male symptom.

i had all these symptoms once and they sent me right to hospital
it was scary bc i didnt know these were the symptoms for female heart issues

I didn’t know this, and immediately sends me down a “WHY?” hole.

    kierongillen:

    lockrocksandcoke:

    131-di:

    veggiebaker:

    therunscape:

    Heart attacks symptoms are different for women. I recently learned this. 

    Everyone should know these things.

    thanks to mainstream media and being unable to show breasts on TV, way too few people know about female signs of cardiac distress, and impending heart attacks. they only know about the “pain in the left arm” male symptom.

    i had all these symptoms once and they sent me right to hospital

    it was scary bc i didnt know these were the symptoms for female heart issues

    I didn’t know this, and immediately sends me down a “WHY?” hole.

    (via justaguywitharrows)

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